During St Helens’ historic trip to Australia, in conjunction with the NRL’s Game Development team, the First Team have trained and worked with over 300 school children, as part of leaving a lasting legacy of the club’s visit to the Sydney region!
All 26 of our travelling squad, including our coaching staff, participated in development sessions with youngsters, teaching them not only skills on the field but valuable team lessons off the pitch too.
Ahead of the Pre-Season Challenge against St George Illawarra Dragons, St Helens joined several schools at our temporary training facility at the Sydney Academy of Sport & Recreation in Narrabeen.
Then in our final week and just before the huge clash against Penrith Panthers for the World Club Challenge title, 150+ more students were made welcome at the NSW Blues’ Centre of Excellence in Sydney’s Olympic Park following a hard-worked training session in the rain.
Across both sessions, our First Teamers got stuck in and involved with the children, coached them and gave their advice and tips so they could learn from the four times in a row Super League Champions.
The Club has received fantastic feedback from the NRL’s Game Development department, and we thank them very kindly for helping to arrange the sessions and make them such a huge success, including gaining some young fans who will be cheering on the Saints from this side of the world.